Sweet NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
0%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful, Slow, Thought-provoking

About the Show

National Black Theatre presents the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers' drama about two sisters in an all-black town whose bond is put to the test when a young man reenters their lives.

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Member Reviews (14)

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332 Reviews | 43 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You want to see drama between two sisters. You want to see what happens between sisters when a man is involved. You want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You are not interested in what happens between two sisters in a small town when a male friend that they grew up with comes back to visit.

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257 Reviews | 197 Followers
82
Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy small, local theater experiences, you enjoy family experience insights, unraveling of relationships.

Don't see it if You want excitement, flash, who dunnit type of story.

299 Reviews | 56 Followers
47
Insipid

See it if you want to support a worthwhile organization. Better yet, write a check.

Don't see it if The story had potential as a psychological drama but failed. Dialogue was weak, characters not developed,climax completely not believable.

214 Reviews | 57 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Good script

See it if you want to feel dozens of emotions as you watch two sisters and a neighbor/boy friend share their life, set in small black community.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy witnessing ordinary life struggles, the pull and push of sisters with very different personalities yet tied to the same mom Read more

110 Reviews | 56 Followers
81
Slow, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You like dramas that take place in the past in rural areas about family or sisters. A good simple show .

Don't see it if Like more involved bigger plots with more characters and more depth to it.

52 Reviews | 26 Followers
82
Delightful, Relevant

See it if like universal message of love, obligation, sibling conflicts, with a comfortable conclusion in a community based theatre setting.

Don't see it if are not patient with a leisurely paced performance.

51 Reviews | 7 Followers
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful

See it if You want to take a step back into your childhood memories

Don't see it if You find family disloyalty disturbing

35 Reviews | 26 Followers
88
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Romantic, Resonant

See it if You like family based dramas

Don't see it if You expect a more elaborately staged production

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
October 26th, 2016

"Harrison David Rivers’s crowd-pleasing new play...Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges on a set strung with clotheslines, Mr. Rivers’s play aims for poetry but settles for cliché. Luckily, Ms. Aharanwa is on hand to elevate the script, bringing a kind of glow to the dreamy, dutiful Retha, whose own stubborn selflessness is her undoing...The political upheaval and the space exploration of the late ’60s are faint background noise...The plot, on the other hand, is a real throwback."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 14th, 2016

"The most striking thing about the characters in 'Sweet' is how they exist outside of history...There's nothing wrong with not focusing on any of these issues, but if you make that choice, you should deliver something less clichéd and predictable than what is on offer here...'Sweet' might have been much harder to take but for the fact that it coasts on the talents of W. Tré Davis, Maechi Aharanwa, and Renika Williams."
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Theatre is Easy
October 30th, 2016

"Through Retha and Nina’s tugs-of-war and enduring sisterhood, Rivers paints a picture of the bravery required to stand up for those you love, and for choosing love...Watching these three characters waltz in a cloud of dust between memories and fantasies is an absolute joy. As its title indicates, Rivers’ play has a sweetness that offers real respite from the current socio-economic climate, though the play is not without its own heartbreaks and surprises."
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Front Row Center
October 24th, 2016

"In a breathtaking performance, Maechi Aharanwa gives Retha such radiant life, it is difficult to tear your eyes away from her...Aharanwa’s performance alone is worth the trip uptown, but it’s not all you get for the price of admission. Harrison David Rivers the playwright and Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the director, present a pitch-perfect world that is truthful, real, and obviously offered to us with thoughtfulness and love as a gift."
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